Article: Going Home: Most amazing. Everything I knew was bulldozed

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By Sharon Brown on June 17, 2010

They say you can't go home, but you can, and I did.

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Imagecoconut
Jun 17, 2010 8:49 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Sorry,

I'll never go back. The little corner store is a huge shopping mall. All the sweet little places have their names written in white on the big overhead green highway signs.

It's all gone.

You'd have to pay me a lot to 'go back' to where it's totally gone. I can't say I cannot be bought, but I wouldn't succumb to less than many tens of thousands of dollars to go back there.

Suburbs

Yes, I am angry. Owell.
Melissa

ImageSharon
Jun 17, 2010 8:57 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I would have been angry, too, Melissa, if my mountains had been as destroyed as I was afraid they'd be. But they're just as majestic as ever.

I'm sorry it was bad for you.

There were changes, the movie theatre that sat beside the river is now apartments with decks that overlook the river. But the exterior structure is amazingly the same. And down town no longer has the same stores, instead there is a new library, and a gallery as well as a few other offerings, but even so, the exterior of the buildings hasn't changed.

So for me, it was a great trip. Even with a few changes.
Imagecoconut
Jun 17, 2010 9:23 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Lucky you! I am happy for you.

The small town, Charlottesville, Virginia, where my folks moved when I was in my senior year of high school, has changed from a town of 25,000 in the country side, to a part of the East Coast Megalopolis. Must be 200,000 people there now. The area where I grew up, seven miles outside D.C., well, zilch. It's really gone, thousands of people where there were tens.

I don't bother to wonder how it will be twenty years from now, because now I live on a small island that's occasionally flattened by hurricanes, so there's little growth and change in the twenty some years I've been here. New people move in, trying to make Big Changes, but they leave before too long.

Ah, well, In 1900, everyone should have been limited to three children, then I wouldn't be here to complain and moan!!! haha!
Melissa

ImageSharon
Jun 17, 2010 10:08 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Limiting to 3 people would have made a huge difference, but I'm mostly glad that didn't happen.

I guess we live and learn, don't we?

Where do you go during hurricanes?
Imagecoconut
Jun 18, 2010 3:01 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
Hurricanes? Oh, I sit around in my kitchen. Or if it's bed time, I go to bed. Big Grin

Houses here aren't built the same as in the USA. They are concrete block, even the interior walls. There are no 'stick built' houses, made of wood and drywall. That's part of why houses are so expensive. Many houses even have a solid poured concrete roof.

I believe they'll miss us this year. But I have all my candles and canned food and everything. The first one, Hugo, wiped out the island, no one had prepared, it was messy, but the only deaths were a few people in the hospital on life support machines. I talked to a couple of young guys who were drunk and out driving around in it! Ha! A category 5 that broke all the wind speed instruments, and they're driving around! haha. Nuts.

Anyway, recovery is pretty quick now, as we are prepared.

OK,

Melissa
Melissa

Imagesunfarm
Jun 18, 2010 5:08 AM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
I always wonder at the TV stories of hurricanes where they show people cleaning out the building supply stores to get plywood to board up their windows before each storm. Why don't they have permanent shutters, or at least save the plywood and store it between storms?
Living sustainably comes with learning to see the world in a new way.
Imagecoconut
Jun 18, 2010 5:41 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
That's because those folks are "Hurricane Virgins". You do save the plywood, and make it into shutters. Didn't all houses used to be built with shutters?
Melissa

ImageSharon
Jun 18, 2010 9:01 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks, Coconut...I'm glad to know you are safe. I don't know a thing about hurricanes, except that Ike went haywire one year and tore rapidly through Kentucky on his way north, and took with him one of my trees and 4 days worth of electricity.
Petalpants
Jun 18, 2010 9:55 AM CST
Name: Connie
Corpus Christi, TX
Living on the coast, we're used to getting prepared--- and although usually a storm veers another way, sometimes it Does come here or nearby... We save our plywood from year to year, so it's always cut & ready, & store it where it stays dry; also use screws, not nails to board up. We'd like to get storm shutters someday... some houses have them around here, but they are expensive. We stock up on food, water, & emergency supplies, and keep it in a box, usually starting ... right about Now...when hurricanes start brewing out in the Gulf... but we haven't ever left town during a hurricane Yet; the last big one, I said ahead of time to my husband: This one looks Huge! We might wanna leave this time! (It was Katrina--- and I'm glad it didn't come here.) Of course, hurricanes spawn tornadoes, which are crazy & erratic... so much for living by the sea! --- at least we don't have Earthquakes! (that's what I tho't!; a few months ago there actually Was a small one 30 miles from here; couldn't feel anything...)
--- Oh, Sharon, I loved your article on your visit back Home--- happy it went so well!
ImageSharon
Jun 18, 2010 9:57 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Hi Connie....thank you!

Stay safe!
Imagesunfarm
Jun 18, 2010 1:23 PM CST
Name: Sally
East Central Kentucky
Melissa, I didn't realize there are so many virgins left in the world! Big Grin
Living sustainably comes with learning to see the world in a new way.

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